According to a story in USA Today, some 85 million Americans enjoy watching and/or photographing birds, ranking it 15th on the list of the most popular activities. A 2011 survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found that around 18 million people each year take trips exclusively for birdwatching, with many participating in competitions to spot as many species as possible.
Cuba is a perfect places to indulge in this increasingly popular pastime; with seven biosphere reserves, eight national parks, and two nature reserves, this island country is home to 368 different species.
Here, a look at some of the endemic birds of Cuba and Panama, with a brief checklist for avid birdwatchers:
Interested in the birds of Panama? Check out our blog, Endemic Birds of Cuba and Panama: A Birdwatcher's Checklist.